Shawn Vinson said Monday evening that the enormous manhunt was continuing unabated in the suburban community of Perry Hall, Maryland, where witnesses reported hearing a pop and then seeing the officer being run over by a Jeep on Monday afternoon. Councilman David Marks confirmed through Twitter the officer was shot however stated he had no additional particulars on the incident.
A police spokesperson said the female officer, a 3-year veteran of the police force, had been investigating a suspicious vehicle on Linwen Way in the community of Perry Hall before 2 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Officers are searching for at least one armed suspect.
Vinson says officers recovered the suspects' Jeep, found ditched on a road. This officer will be the 11th to die on duty. Administrative officer Fred Homan, acting in the county executive's role until the County Council appoints a replacement, did not appear with Jones and Sheridan, and has not put out a statement.
Hogan tweeted that the suspect remains at large.
"Our patrol officer responded, was confronted and from that point, she was injured and we are investigating this as a homicide", Sheridan said.
No further details have been released at this time. "And so we're telling everybody to be on your toes, don't be complacent, to work with each other". "Our prayers go out to this fearless officer's family, @BACOPoliceFire, and the Baltimore County community". No one should lose his or her life at the hands of another while trying to protect our communities.
The witnesses described seeing the badly injured officer on the ground as several residents tried to keep her alive, but she was subsequently declared dead at a hospital. Vinson said the patio door of a home at the scene showed some damage, suggesting a burglary was in progress.
At 5:51 p.m., the district tweeted that students at Carney Elementary School were being sent home by bus or being picked up by parents. Police also warned people to avoid driving along Belair Road from Forge Road to Ebenezer Road.
He said police were combing the neighborhood where the fatal encounter occurred and that three elementary schools were on "lockdown" Monday evening and residents in the area are being asked to shelter in place.